Ringworm Treatment - Causes and Home Remedies For RingwormFungus (tinea) infection of the skin or scalp. This is transmitted by person-to-person contact or by contact with infected surfaces, such as towels, shoes or shower stalls. Tinea corporis affects the non-hairy skin of the body. Tinea capitis affects the scalp.
Infection with tinea corporis or tinea capitis fungus. Infection is most likely when combined with the following:
Signs and symptoms
Red, itchy, circular, flat, scaling lesions with well-defined borders. They cause patchy hair loss on the scalp.
Your doctor will diagnose ringworm primarily based on the appearance of the skin. If tests are needed, the fungus may appear florescent when your skin is examined with a blue light (called a Wood's lamp ) in a dark room. A more definitive diagnosis can be made by scraping the affected area of skin and examining the cells under a microscope.
Fortunately, ringworm is fairly easy to diagnose and treat. Doctors usually can diagnose ringworm based on how it looks, but sometimes will scrape off a small sample of the flaky infected skin to test for fungus.
If you do have ringworm, your doctor will recommend an antifungal medication. A topical ointment or cream usually takes care of skin infections, but ringworm of the scalp or nails requires oral antifungal medication. Your doctor will decide which treatment is best for you.
Home remedies to treat ringworm
The fungi are so prevalent that total prevention is impossible. To minimize risk:
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